READ: Resort Fashion: Style In Sun-Drenched Climates by Caroline Rennolds Milbank. Coming in September.
Reid began acting at age nine, being a regular on the game show Child's Play, and appeared in over 100 commercials including Jell-O, McDonalds, Crayola and Milton Bradley. As a teenager, she was on Saved By The Bell: The New Class and on All My Children.Reid quickly became an A-list actress, as rumors bombarded tabloids of her hard partying lifestyle. Reid collected over 200 red carpet appearances in 2001 alone, and was commonly seen with Young Hollywood's most recognizable, including Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie and Lindsay Lohan.
LISTEN: Nothing But The Best does a pretty good job of compiling my favorite Sinatra tunes. But nothing beats these albums: Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back, Strangers In The Night and Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim--all inexplicably out of print according to Amazon.com. If you find 'em somewhere, grab 'em.
By Dominique Schroeder (AFP) – 11 hours ago
PARIS — Next week will be decisive for the future of the Christian Lacroix fashion house, in administration since early June, as the deadline for potential buyers to submit their offers expires on Monday.
The court-appointed administrator Regis Valliot has received several expressions of interest in the label, including one from the consultancy group Bernard Krief Consulting (BKC), his office said.
Aside from BKC, two other potential buyers have shown an interest, "one of them a supplier," Guillaume Martin from the consultants Meric et Associes appointed by the Christian Lacroix works committee told AFP.
Created in 1987 with the backing of the global luxury leader LVMH, which sold the house to the US duty free giant Falic in 2005, the house of Lacroix made a loss of 10 million euros (14 million dollars) last year on sales of 30 million euros.
Under the company restructuring plan, 112 of its 125 employees will lose their jobs.
The works committee is scheduled to meet again on Tuesday afternoon.
At its last meeting on Wednesday, it heard the conclusions of the Meric consultancy group.
The experts recommended an upmarket ready-to-wear line instead of the existing luxury one to run alongside the house's haute couture. Collections should be timeless, less identifiable with any particular season, and distribution refocused on a limited number of markets.
"Haute couture loses money, it is the brand's advertising budget," Martin explained. "Unless you have products with a sound commercial success behind it, you will never absorb the cost and turn a profit on your creative investment."
He said costs at Lacroix had "run out of control" and needed to be cut "quite drastically" to bring down losses. In this scenario it would make sense to create an upmarket line.
The house should "not go off in all directions" but recapitalise on its strengths and the position it already holds in certain markets, he said.
He said the house could also appeal to the government for help given its contribution to France's cultural legacy and expressed surprise and disappointment that no other big luxury group, like LVMH's arch rival PPR which owns Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Balenciaga, or Hermes, had not shown any interest in taking over Lacroix.
The designer himself lunched on Friday with Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand but nothing has leaked on what they discussed.
Mitterrand in early July expressed willingness to help find a solution for the couture house, saying its disappearance would be "a cultural disaster."
A member of the works committee said the employees were "rather fatalistic" about the situation.
"They aren't going to mobilise, that's not the way they do things," at Lacroix, which is not unionised, he explained. He added that they had "gained a month" because the redundancy letters should have gone out at the end of July.
"Now they will wait to receive their letters when they get back from their holidays, to tell them they haven't got a job to come back to."
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I don't know if it means House of CL could still survive this time, but hope so.
I'm working on another article of the fw09 trend. Live get busier now, wish I could get it uploaded next week.
In 2007 Brook participated in the celebrity dancing competition Strictly Come Dancing on BBC1, for which her professional ballroom dance partner was Brendan Cole. During the TV series, her father Kenneth Parsons died from cancer, and although she initially decided to continue dancing, she soon withdrew from the competition in week nine.She also competed in the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2008, dancing the jive with Brian Fortuna, since Brendan Cole had to compete with his more recent partner Lisa Snowdon. The couple received a ten from Craig Revel Horwood, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli, but a nine from Arlene Phillips with a total of 39 points. However, three other couples also managed to earn 39 points, therefore the head judge, Len Goodman had to sort the four couples into the top four places. Brook and Fortuna were put into fourth place, and with the studio audience's vote, they came in the top 2, but came second to Jill Halfpenny and Darren Bennett.
Name: Kelly Lin Xi Lei 林熙蕾
Date of birth: 1975.10.29
Place of birth: Taiwan
Body weights: 48Kg
Education background: American California University graduation
Hobby: Sing, watch television, sleep
Favorite color: White, ash, red, black
Lucky number: 7
It's a chance to snap all stylists over the world.
You must have to take a look at it!
Below are links to some sites where you can pre-order the book. It comes out August 12th in the US, and worldwide by early September.
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From: the Sartorialist